June 2, 2021

Kirk Brown, Greenville News

County Council members delay action on development rule after judge urges them to 'fix' it

Hours after a judge urged the Greenville County Council to "fix" a controversial land-development rule, council members delayed taking any decisive action Tuesday on the measure that has sparked legal battles.

But Councilman Chris Harrison is vowing to push ahead with a proposed solution later this month that he says will encourage developers to preserve sizeable swaths of land when they build subdivisions in rural parts of the county.

On Tuesday morning, Circuit Court Judge Edward W. Miller called on the council to remedy problems in the rule known as Article 3.1. The rule is meant to curb urban sprawl, but detractors say its provisions are overly vague.

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